Cold War Submarines: The Design and Construction of U.S. and Soviet Submarines, 1945-2001

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Submarines had a vital, if often unheralded, role in the superpower navies during the Cold War. Their crews carried out intelligence-collection operations, sought out and stood ready to destroy opposing submarines, and, from the early 1960s, threatened missile attacks on their adversary’s homeland, providing in many respects the most survivable nuclear deterrent of the Cold War. For both East and West, the modern submarine originated in German U-boat designs obtained at the end of World War II. Although enjoying ...

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Overview

Submarines had a vital, if often unheralded, role in the superpower navies during the Cold War. Their crews carried out intelligence-collection operations, sought out and stood ready to destroy opposing submarines, and, from the early 1960s, threatened missile attacks on their adversary’s homeland, providing in many respects the most survivable nuclear deterrent of the Cold War. For both East and West, the modern submarine originated in German U-boat designs obtained at the end of World War II. Although enjoying a similar technology base, by the 1990s the superpowers had created submarine fleets of radically different designs and capabilities. Written in collaboration with the former Soviet submarine design bureaus, Norman Polmar and K. J. Moore authoritatively demonstrate in this landmark study how differing submarine missions, antisubmarine priorities, levels of technical competence, and approaches to submarine design organizations and management caused the divergence.

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“Polmar and Moore have produced an excellent history of the American and Soviet submarine forces that is both well-written and musters effective evidence to support its arguments…an excellent work for those interested in American and Soviet submarines, and it will be a valuable resource for amateur and academic historians alike for many years to come.”

"A compelling reference material and chronology of submarine designs as well as a look at the radically different approaches of the two competing superpowers."

"Outlining the evolution of the modern submarine in meticulous detail, Cold War Submarines is a serious reference for naval historians and a tribute to sub crews, designers, and builders. . . . The detailed research, personal interviews, and excerpts from declassified reports give the reader great insights into the contrasting ideologies and disparate political-economic systems that drove both navies in the Cold War."

From the Publisher
“Polmar and Moore have produced an excellent history of the American and Soviet submarine forces that is both well-written and musters effective evidence to support its arguments…an excellent work for those interested in American and Soviet submarines, and it will be a valuable resource for amateur and academic historians alike for many years to come.”

"A compelling reference material and chronology of submarine designs as well as a look at the radically different approaches of the two competing superpowers."

"Outlining the evolution of the modern submarine in meticulous detail, Cold War Submarines is a serious reference for naval historians and a tribute to sub crews, designers, and builders. . . . The detailed research, personal interviews, and excerpts from declassified reports give the reader great insights into the contrasting ideologies and disparate political-economic systems that drove both navies in the Cold War."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574885309
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2005
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 640,289
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Polmar is a leading expert on naval and aviation matters. An internationally known analyst, consultant, and award-winning author, Polmar has written more than 40 books, including, with K. J. Moore, Cold War Submarines: The Design and Construction of U.S. and Soviet Submarines (Brassey’s, ISBN 1-57488-594-4) and Historic Naval Aircraft: From the Pages of Naval History Magazine (Brassey’s, ISBN 1-57488-572-3). He is a columnist for the U.S. Naval Institute's Proceedings and Naval History magazines. Polmar lives in the Washington, DC, area.

K. J. Moore is the founder of the Cortana Corporation, a high-technology applications firm concerned with submarine development. While on duty with the U.S. Navy, he served on board submarines in the positions of weapons officer, engineering officer, and operations officer. For the Navy and in private industry, he has held analytical assignments that involved the study of Soviet and Western submarines and submarine tactics.

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Table of Contents

1 Genesis 1
2 Advanced diesel submarines 11
3 Closed-cycle submarines 33
4 U.S. nuclear-propelled submarines 49
5 Soviet nuclear-propelled submarines 71
6 Cruise missile submarines 85
7 Ballistic missile submarines 103
8 "Polaris - from out of the deep ..." 115
9 The quest for speed 127
10 Second-generation nuclear submarines 147
11 The ultimate weapon I 167
12 The ultimate weapon II 183
13 "Diesel boats forever" 201
14 Unbuilt giants 221
15 Aircraft-carrying submarines 245
16 Midget, small, and flying submarines 255
17 Third-generation nuclear submarines 267
18 Submarine weapons 293
19 Fourth-generation nuclear submarines 307
20 Soviet versus U.S. submarines 323
App. A U.S. submarine construction, 1945-1991 335
App. B Soviet submarine construction, 1945-1991 337
App. C U.S. submarine reactor plants 339
App. D Soviet submarine design bureaus 341
App. E Soviet ballistic missile systems 345
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